Explore light and color in Earth’s atmosphere with a simple hands-on investigation using a prism, glue stick, and pen light.
Hints for use in your library: Use the optional video clip, Our World: Sunsets and Atmospheres, to provide a kid-friendly explanation about how NASA uses sunrises and sunsets to measure the health of our atmosphere from aboard the International Space Station.
Using common craft materials, participants construct a sky scence with trees and buildings as reference points on the ground and cloud types ordered by altitude in the sky.
Hints for use in your library: Engage library visitors in making their own exhibit through creating a model of the different types of clouds and the atmospheric levels at which the clouds exist. This activity could be adapted to be completed as a large scale daily mural to which patrons can contribute or could be completed as an individual activity as part of a STEAM activity.
Participants use their estimation and math skills to simulate a clear, isolated, scattered, broken, or overcast sky using blue construction paper and torn white paper shapes. Participants try to accurately guess the percentage of cloud cover for each other's simulations.
Use a bar magnet to make a model of Earth's magnetic field and sketch its shape!
Hints for use in your library: Add an extra magnet and sketch the magnetic fields…have patrons compare results! This activity could also be done as a "station" along with other Sun-related activities: Tape the magnet to a large (poster-size) sheet of paper and have each participant add just one or more dots. Each participant only spends a few minutes on this activity, but everyone can see the results!